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Panasonic claims first single-chip signal processing LSI for Blu-ray

Posted: 02 Jun 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Blu-ray? LSI? single chip processing?

Panasonic claims it has developed the world's first Blu-ray disc player-specific single-chip signal processing LSI, the MN2WS006, in response to the latest Blu-ray standards. This LSI combines a front end to read the signal from the disc, and a back end to convert this into A/V data. Samples of this LSI will begin shipping this month.

Its list of features include complete support for the latest Blu-ray standards and functions including dual-screen simultaneous video playback, high-quality audio playback, and network compatibility achieved on a single chip; creation of a single chip for the signal processing system, through use of cutting-edge microprocessing that allows for 50 percent reduction in mounting surface area and 25 percent reduction in power consumption, compared to current Panasonic products; and application of the new-generation UniPhier platform developed by Panasonic, which the company says enables customers to achieve higher-quality software improvement with shorter interval.

Meanwhile, technologies used to develop the product include a multi-standard video decoding technology to enable video playback for Blu-ray, DVD, and CD media, and standards including MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 and VC-1; a unified memory architecture technology that, according to Panasonic, reduces about 45 percent of major semiconductor parts together with integration of LSIs into a single chip using 45nm process technology; and the UniPhier platform technology, which Panasonic says makes it possible to reuse 75 percent of the software assets of the Blu-ray Disc recorder.

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